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Can someone explain the correct placement of 'almost' in the sentence
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New post 07 Nov 2009, 17:46
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OA -
[Reveal] Spoiler:
B
Why is
[Reveal] Spoiler:
D
wrong

Can someone explain the correct placement of 'almost' in the sentence


The almost is a modifier. In "almost 20%" it modifies 20% meaning that the number jumped to a figure close to 20%. Written the other way, "jump almost by 20%" it modifies almost which is not the intended meaning.

"Jumped at" is not idiomatic and "jumped to" is correct so this cuts out A, D and E. Leaving B and C.
In C "who" has no referent. It is supposed to refer to citizens but that is not the subject, the subject is "the number".
So B is correct.
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